Mahal Aura 2022, in collaboration with Hatay Academy Orchestra, and with Rahmi Öğdül ve Turgut Alp Bekoğlu as advisors, creates a culturally informed space for artists to pursue open and multidisciplinary practices. Drawing attention to the effect of the aura of a space on artistic processes, the project focuses on the archeology and history of the cities the events are organised in as well as micro-cultural spaces, and aims to engage artists in cultural and artistic dialogue in its second year.
As a locally-operating, traveling artistic initiative, Mahal Aura focuses on two craftsman’s workshops in Hatay this year. Providing an open studio for visual artists and musicians at the workshops of blacksmith Edip Bağdatlı and master woodworker Ali Altun, the project unfolds the personal stories of these cultural actors and their production processes on a backdrop of the city’s history. The open studio process brings forth new possibilities in artistic expression while facilitating coincidental and experimental outcomes. Artworks produced by these collaborating artists from different disciplines and backgrounds will be exhibited in Hatay and Izmir. The project can also be viewed online in Turkish and English.